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Professor Shechtman, a professor of materials science at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, a professor at Iowa State University, and a researcher at the United States Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering quasicrystals, a material in which icosahedral symmetry in combination with long-range orientational order are present.
Contrary to the previous belief that atoms were packed inside crystals in without five fold symmetry patterns, Shechtman showed that the atoms in a crystal could be packed in a pattern unlike all other materials reported to that time. The Barcelona Nanocluster (http://www.bnc-b.net) is starting a new scientific collaboration with the Technion, specifically with RBNI Nanotechnology Institute and three colaborative scientific projects have been approved and will start in November 2011
"Nobel impossible without microscope". See here an intervew to Prof Shechtman
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